Scientifical activity constitutes next to the didactics an important field of activities for the University College of Tourism and Ecology and is realized in many forms. To these belong scientific research and research projects led by the academic staff of the particularfaculties, compliant with their profiles. Contents and results of the scientific research efficiently fuel the didactic process and decide about the level of education for the academic staff. Measures of quality for UCTaE are research and analyses commissioned by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education or private sector.Scientific activity isalso reflected in the organized conferences of which many were organized in last few years in accordance to the idea of cooperation and knowledge sharing. The topic of the research work and conferences mainly treated about:
- Spatial-temporal tourism traffic in the region of Kasprowy Wierch
- Relations between national parks and social-economic environment
- Tourism traffic in Krakow and Lesser Poland
- Tourism attractiveness of the selected regions of the Visegrad countries (V4)
- Sustainable tourism of the Euroregion „Beskidy”
- Tourism traffic in Łódź
- Fellowship initiative Leader+ – UCTaE and natural Regional Park of Lorraine in France
- Environment protection – Babia Góra and the sustainable use of biological diversity
- Tourism traffic/Tourism activity and its influence on the nature of the central area and buffer area of Biosphere Reserve in the project GEF Babia Góra, 2008
- Marketing strategy for the so called “Carp Valley”
- Brand strategy for Polish Prestige Hotels,
- Strategy of sustainable development of tourism in the municipalities laying on the historical railway route Chabówka-Nowy Sącz.
From 2016 research called Spatial-temporal tourism traffic in the region of Kasprowy Wierch is also conducted and from 2003 a team of scientists from the University College of Tourism and Ecology in Sucha Beskidzka, University of Economics in Krakow and Academy of Physical Education in Krakow conducts yearly research of tourism traffic in Krakow and Lesser Poland. The University is also active in the area of international cooperation. Specificity and tourism attractiveness of the selected regions of Visegrad countries is researched. Project was realised in years 2012-2015 under the frame of grant received by the University from the International Visegrad Fund. Project was realised with cooperation of UCTaE, Catholic University of Ružomberk (Slovakia), Technical University of Liberec (Czech Republic) and KárolyRóbert Universityin Gyöngyös (Hungary).An essential area of activity is Sustainable tourism of the Euroregion Beskidy. In the frame of the project University College of Tourism and Ecology was in partnership with the Pedagogical Faculty of the Catholic Univerzity v Ružomberku and realized research regarding the increase of the social-economic and ecological attractiveness of the Polish-Slovakian border areas. That was the continuation of the research related to the development of the sustainable tourism realised in 2011 during the realization of the project Razem (“Together”) for the sustainable tourism. Comparative research of the phenomena of the tourism traffic on the Polish-Slovakian border areas. The next realized project in cooperation with partners was Together for the sustainable tourism.During the lifetime of the project Together for the sustainable tourism UCTaE together with the Pedagogical Faculty of Catholic Univerzity v Ružomberku conducted research regarding the social-economic and ecological attractiveness of the Polish-Slovakian border areas through the development of the sustainable tourism.The University cooperates also with the region of Lorraine under the project Fellowship initiative Leader+ – UCTaE and natural Regional Park of Lorraine in France. Under the frame of this particular project research was conducted regarding the joint activities for the sake of sustainable development of rural areas of Europe. Research partners were:Higher School of Engineering in Szolnok (Hungary), RED Association from France working for the European Commission and AGRYA Association from Hungary.
UCTaE prepares with their partners projects from the field of tourism marketing. A team of scientists prepared a marketing strategy for the areas of the so called Carp Valley and also • Strategy of sustainable development of tourism in the municipalities laying on the historical railway route Chabówka-Nowy Sącz for the years 2006-2013. A team of scientists conducted research regarding the tourism on the Chabówka-Nowy Sącz route. All of these activities are compliant with the mission and vision of the University – “Closer to the student, closer to the economy, closer to the world”. Results of the indicated activities are publications prepared by the staff of the university that takes part in the projects and is published among others in the Scientifical Journals of UCTaE.